Why Saying “No” is a Sign of Progress in Therapy

As an educator and clinician, I spend a lot of time teaching beginning and seasoned therapists how to do “trauma informed” therapy.  This includes taking the time to build a safe and trusting therapeutic environment and relationship before jumping into assessment questions that are emotionally loaded and re-triggering.  It means consciously modeling and sustaining healthy boundaries. ...

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Be Afraid and Do It Anyway

Discover how to help your clients understand that their fear is not connected to a current reality. It’s connected to the past, and the capacity in their present life can help them to weather through that fear.

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Healing Without an Abuser’s Apology

Lisa explains how it is possible for someone who has endured a trauma to heal and move forward in life, even if the abuser doesn’t take responsibility and apologize.

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What’s Right About Your Clients

Lisa helps you to explore how your client has been able to survive, transcend, and thrive beyond their trauma and how it impacts their course of therapy.

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Six Ways to Take Care of “YOU” on Valentine’s Day

Whether you grew up in a dysfunctional family or specific culture that taught you to put your needs and feelings to the side, or you’ve been caught up in complicated relationships or a toxic workplace that demands a lot of your attention, you’ve probably neglected yourself either physically or emotionally. Even though we give to...

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Moving Beyond ‘Why’ When Trauma and Abuse Happens

Lisa addresses the question of why the trauma or abuse happened, and how you can respond to clients with answers that will bring back a sense of control into their lives.

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The Meaning Clients Attach to Trauma

As a way to help your clients move through and beyond their trauma and pain, Lisa explores her favorite mantra, “Experience is not what happens to us. It’s what we do with what happens to us,” by August Huxley.

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Mental Health Professionals: The Grass Isn’t Greener on the Other Side

  I’ve just returned from a wonderful stay in London and Ireland, having had the opportunity to train mental health professionals who were eager to learn and absorb “trauma informed” theory and treatment strategies.  The welcome I received was more than kind. The British were anything but “reserved.” They were enthusiastic, had a great sense of...

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Getting Through the Holidays: Part 2
Reaching Out for Support

Many people relate to the fact that the holidays are a stressful time because of a perceived “obligation” to spend extended visits with family members who may be dysfunctional or toxic.  The internal debate about whether or not to attend holiday gatherings can evoke ambivalence, apprehension, guilt, sadness, or anger.  It’s understandable that no one...

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Getting Through the Holidays: Part I
Fruitcake, Mistletoe, Anxiety, and Stress

There is a universal expectation and cultural push to spend the holidays with family. Even though the malls pipe in holiday cheer, lights twinkle on houses, and TV ads depict families frolicking in the snow, it’s important to keep in mind that this can be a time of great ambivalence and emotional overwhelm for many people....

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